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The New York Vote

For an Immigrant-Wrangling Campaign Volunteer, No Enthusiasm Gap

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the third in a new five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York. We will be painting a portrait of the New York electorate in 2010, as explained by a diverse cast of political players.

Today, the vantage point of an immigrant activist on Staten Island. There is no enthusiasm gap for her from 2008, when she worked for Barack Obama, and 2010, when she is fighting to elect Michael McMahon against a Tea Party challenger.

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The Takeaway

Nevada Ad Tells Latinos 'Don't Vote'

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Spanish language television network Univision is refusing to air a new political ad in Nevada for its controversial message to Latinos: "Don't vote." Univision says the ad is antithetical to its mission to promote civic engagement in the Latino community.

The spot was produced by a group called Latinos for Reform, which says that Democrats take Latino votes for granted and didn't use their majorities in Congress to address immigration reform. Critics, however, complain that Latinos for Reform's president, Robert de Posada, has long ties to the Republican party and is looking to hurt re-election chances for Nevada Sen. Harry Reid.

Read the full transcript of the interview here.

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WNYC News

Immigration Leaders Press Paterson to Revoke Enforcement Program

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Last May, New York signed on to an immigration enforcement program that allows local police to share with federal authorities the digital fingerprints of anyone arrested in the state. The program -- called Secure Communities -- is designed to find and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes like murder, kidnapping and threats to national security.

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The Takeaway

Multiculturalism Fails in Germany

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood before the youth wing of her Christian Democratic Union Party over the weekend and said that multiculturalism has failed in the country. The integration of Muslim Turks and Germans has gone on unsuccessfully over the last 40 years.

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WNYC News

Immigrant Advocacy Groups Work to 'Get Out the Vote'

Monday, October 18, 2010

As Election Day draws closer, immigrant advocacy organizations are ramping up their "get out the vote" campaigns.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Arab Roots, American Stories

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alia Malek looks at the last 40-plus years of American history through the eyes of Arab Americans. A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories includes timeless stories of an immigrant community becoming American, the nostalgia for home, and the alienation from a society sometimes as intolerant as its laws are generous.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dinaw Mengestu on his novel How to Read the Air

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dinaw Mengestu, who has been compared to Bellow, Fitzgerald, and Naipaul, discusses his novel, How to Read the Air. It tells the story of Ethiopian immigrants in search of a new identity as an American couple, and their son’s challenges with generational and cultural differences.

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The Takeaway

Dinaw Mengestu on 'How to Read the Air'

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In 2007, Dinaw Mengestu became something of a literary star when his first novel – “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears” – garnered him awards from the National Book Foundation, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and other prestigious organizations.

His new book is called “How to Read the Air.” It centers on a young Ethiopian-American named Jonas. In a failed marriage, and seeking to better understand his family history, Jonas attempts to retrace the migration of his parents from eastern Africa to the American Midwest. Along the way, we see Jonas retelling and sometimes fabricating the histories of strangers, his parents, and himself.

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The Takeaway

Lou Dobbs and Undocumented Immigrants: It's Complicated

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Lou Dobbs made a name for himself on cable TV for railing against illegal immigrants and the businesses that hire them. But a new report in The Nation magazine raises questions about Dobbs' own ties to undocumented workers. According to the story, the former CNN anchor hired contractors who employed illegal immigrants to tend to his horse farm and his mansion.

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The Takeaway

Latino Registered Voters Less Likely to Vote This Year, Poll Finds

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

With less than a month until Election Day, Democrats are hoping to keep control of both the House and Senate while trying to appeal to their core constituencies. Just two years ago, President Obama brought the Democrats back to the White House with the help of Latino voters. Democrats will surely need those votes if they hope to keep their majorities in Congress, but it is not clear that the Latino votes will come through in the mid-terms.  A new poll from the Pew Hispanic Center reports that only 51 percent of Latino registered voters say they are "absolutely certain to vote," this season, compared to 70 percent of all registered voters who say they'll go to the polls.

Why is it looking like so many Latinos will skip voting November 2?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Immigration

Monday, October 04, 2010

Randy Altschuler, Republican and Conservative Party nominee for Congress from New York's 1st District, talks about immigration, the role it plays on Long Island, and his belief in the need to enact strong reforms to stop illegal immigration.  Then, Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, talks about her organization's support of broad legalization and comprehensive immigration reform measures.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lucky Ones

Friday, October 01, 2010

Historian Mae Ngai, uncovers the three-generational saga of a Chinese family and the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience in America. The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America is centered on the Tape family, the first of a brand-new social type—middle-class Chinese Americans.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg, Murdoch Advocate for Immigration Reform

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NewsCorp CEO Rupert Murdoch testified on Capitol Hill today in support of immigration reform, urging lawmakers to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Refugees Denied Asylum After Missing Filing Deadlines

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Due to a rule with a filing deadline, many refugees with legitimate claims have been denied political asylum in the U.S. For many of these refugees, getting asylum could be the difference between life and death. 

Over the past 12 years, about 21,000 refugees seeking asylum were denied because of they missed the filing deadline; it is a complicated process that many feel needs immediate changing.

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WNYC News

Immigration and the Governor's Race

Monday, September 27, 2010

In the race for New York Governor, we've heard Republican Carl Paladino calling his Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo part of Albany's dysfunction, and Cuomo framing Paladino as a one-dimensional candidate running on anger alone. But behind the bickering looms an issue that has the potential to define this year's race -- immigration.

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It's A Free Country ®

Colbert Takes on Congress

Friday, September 24, 2010

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert joined democratic debate in a new way today, by testifying before a House subcommittee discussing immigration and farm labor.

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It's A Free Country ®

Bullhorn: Juan Manuel Benitez Asks For GOP - Press 1 Only?

Monday, September 20, 2010

"We speak English here!" is often the answer I get at Republican or Tea Party gatherings whenever I skim the crowd looking for a Spanish speaker that can produce a soundbite for my television story. I wonder if they are the same people who cringe when an automated machine tells them to "press one for English, para español, oprima el dos."

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The Takeaway

Along Mexico Border, Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out"

Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" might serve as a good start to the conversation over whether the huge fence the U.S.government is building to prevent illegal immigrants, terrorists and drug traffickers from entering the U.S. from Mexico is worth the effort and money.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Organizing at the Car Wash

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, discusses his recent article on the unionization of carwash workers in Los Angeles.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Big Picture 2010: Immigration

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

For the first segment of our series on the upcoming midterm election, Julia Preston, immigration correspondent for the New York Times, and Scott Wong, reporter for Politico, discuss how immigration reform is shaping the elections—from Arizona to New York.

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